- Ofsted Outstanding Training Provider
- Nationally recognised as the UK’s top major apprenticeship employer - Macro Employer of the Year in the 2017 National Apprenticeship Awards
- RAF apprentice earns £14,931+ Per annum/pa from day one, going higher once they progress into their phase two training, while the minimum a Civilian apprentice earns is £7,280 annum/pa from day one
- Currently there are 24 different roles for apprentices from drivers and caterers to intelligence and engineering
- Civilian qualification with a guaranteed RAF job at the end of it
- To get the apprenticeship you’re required to join the RAF and need to go through the full application process and phase 1 RAF training, then get your Level 2, 3 and 4 apprenticeship as part of your phase 2 (trade) training. Can last 1 year to 3 years of training
- You’ll also receive dedicated on base medical and dental care
An apprenticeship in the RAF offers you the chance to gain
a UK-recognised trade qualification as part of a challenging
and unique career. Not only will you gain a civilian
recognised professional qualification, but upon completion
you’ll also have a guaranteed job in your chosen field.
We offer all kinds of apprenticeships in a broad and
diverse range of careers including aviation operations,
engineering, hospitality & catering and IT. You’ll receive the
very best training and as well as getting paid to learn, you’ll
get the chance to travel the world, play sport and perform
an important role in the RAF.
If you have the drive and ambition, we can offer you a
unique and rewarding career. To gain an apprenticeship in
the RAF you still need to meet all of the entry requirements
for whichever role it is for and get through all stages of the
application process. You will gain the apprenticeship as
part of your phase two (trade) training.
(Please note that as part of government reforms, existing apprenticeship Frameworks are currently being replaced by apprenticeship Standards. Therefore, as part of your RAF training, you may be offered the new Standards as they are introduced).
LIFE IN AN RAF APPRENTICESHIP
Senior Aircraftman (Technician)
I began my apprenticeship with the RAF in 2008 and completed a Level 3 NVQ in Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical Component Overhaul). It was an advanced level apprenticeship in engineering. My experience as an apprentice was great. I got to complete it in the transmission bay of the Puma Depth Support Hub at RAF Benson. This meant I was able to work with advanced pieces of equipment, down to an in-depth level that few aircraft engineers get to see.
Early on in my career I was named as the RAF’s Apprentice of the Year while working as an Aircraft Technician. Later I achieved a bronze medal at the national final held at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham and spent two years training hard to become one of the best aircraft engineers in the UK. My hard work paid off in May this year when I was selected as the sole competitor to represent the UK in my trade at the WorldSkills competition.
In Sao Paulo there were 60 countries competing in 50 different skills. In the aircraft engineering competition there were 15 countries competing. The competition involved 7 different tasks, each one testing all of the skills used by an aircraft engineer. This ranged from daily inspections on the servicing of an aircraft – to engine boroscoping, which is checking the engine hot end using an optical device consisting of a rigid or flexible tube with an eyepiece.
I couldn’t have achieved what I have in the past year without the RAF. Getting to Brazil meant that I was able to compete in my trade at the highest level possible, while also raising the profile of what I do and demonstrating what my apprenticeship has taught me.